Early Voting Starts Now

Early Voting

The last few weeks before America’s mid-term elections have begun, and polling places opened today for early voting.  The good news is that you don’t have to go to a specific polling location for early voting.   You can pop in anywhere at your convenience and avoid the long lines November 6.  Polling station Parman library is in Stone Oak if you’re in the neighborhood, and Encino library is situated on East Evans Road, just east of U.S. Highway 281, and a quick stop if you are out on the highway. 

Julie Bray Patterson, candidate for County Court at Law #5, was at Brook Hollow Library by 8 a.m., Monday, which she says is the busiest early voting site in San Antonio.  Open polls were already doing a brisk business at Brook Hollow, which should encourage everyone to vote early as lines now could portend longer waits later. 

Early voting runs from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m., today through Friday, Oct. 26; 8 a.m. to 8 p.m., Saturday, Oct. 27; and noon to 6 p.m., Sunday Oct. 28.  Next week, voting runs from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m., Monday, Oct. 29, through Friday, Nov. 2.  If you miss voting after next Friday, you’ll have to wait until the official election day.

You don't need to state a reason for voting early in person, but you do need to bring an approved form of photo identification with you.  Valid ID includes:
• Texas Driver License issued by the Texas Department of Public Safety (DPS)
• Texas Election Identification Certificate issued by DPS
 • Texas Personal Identification Card issued by DPS
• Texas Handgun License issued by DPS
• United States Military Identification Card containing your photograph
• United States Citizenship Certificate containing your photograph
• United States Passport (book or card)

Identifications needs to be current or expired for no more than four years prior, with the following exception: A person 70 years of age or older may use a form of acceptable photo identification that has expired if the identification is otherwise valid.

Be informed before you go.  This is a general, special, charter and bond election.  Citizens will be voting for a U.S. Senator, (Beto O’Rourke or Ted Cruz); U.S. Representative; a handful of Texas State offices, including Governor, Lt. Governor, Attorney General and Justices.  Voters will also decide contests for State Senators, Representatives and Justices, County Judges, Commissioners and Justices of the Peace. 

Lastly, there are three charter amendments on the ballot limiting the term of the city manager, expanding city ordinances and pertaining to firefighter’s authority of arbitrations. 

You can check and make sure you are registered, which you needed to do by Oct. 9, and note your polling location if you choose to wait until Nov. 6, at www.bexar.org. 


By Amy Morgan